- Taking occasional notes on mistakes, problems, and possible solutions. It allowed me to reflect on my choices, and make better choices the next day.
- Choosing healthier, lower calorie options to foods I already eat - I switched to fat free milk, low-fat or fat-free yogurt, egg white omelets, etc.
- Serving smaller portion sizes. I overate less.
- Fasting through dinner - from about 1pm, until breakfast the next day.
- Fasting twice a week.
- Tracking my weight every few days.
- Quitting drinking my calories - cutting out juice and soda and limiting the amount of creamer I used in my coffees worked super well.
- Drinking more water. This worked super well, because I just always carried a full refillable on me.
- Setting an alarm on my phone to remind me when I'm supposed to be fasting.
What didn't work:
- Counting calories and sticking to a strict caloric number. I quickly got annoyed and quit counting.
- Quitting coffee. I love it too much, and I'd rather be fat and happy than miserable and caffeine deprived.
- Eating more protein. I don't know why, but it just didn't happen.
- Weighing myself every day. I usually forgot.
- Fasting through breakfast - it made me miserable and I ate more because I was miserable.
- I'm still not getting enough protein or iron.
- I'm still eating too many carbs, and not enough vegetables.
- Fasting every day - ugh, don't try it. I got grouchy and mean.
- Exercising every day. I forgot and lost interest.
What I'm going to do different:
- Fasting twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
- Fasting starting at 1pm and going until the next morning.
- Focusing on high-protein foods.
- Eating at least 1 vegetable a day.
- No more counting calories, or sticking to a restrictive number.
- Continueing to drink my coffee.
- Weighing myself once a week.
- Focusing on lower-calorie, healthier alternatives.
- Trying to exercise for at least five minutes everyday.
- Schedule all my fasts into my phone calendar, with an accompanying alarm.
Overall, I like it. Intermittent fasting seems incredibly natural. It was easy and comfortable. And it takes pressure off the focus on eating super-low calorie foods because I'm going a while without calories, which naturally lowers my daily consumption. It takes away a lot of the pressure on my food choices, and makes eating more enjoyable and fun. :)